Sweet and Sour Baked Beans

BAKED BEANS!! It’s not a BBQ without them. This recipe uses 4 different kinds of beans (yes, 4!), caramelized onions, crispy bacon and a homemade sauce with brown sugar and cider vinegar….all slowly baked together until bubbly and hot. Go all fancy this Summer and make Sweet and Sour Baked Beans ;)

Sweet and Sour Baked Beans

Before I ramble on about these scrumptious Sweet and Sour Baked Beans…I’ve gotta say that I’m SUPER DUPER happy with the reaction from my last post – Why the word “SKINNY” shouldn’t be on the menu. It was a hard one to publish because it’s a sensitive issue…not to mention I didn’t want to offend other bloggers for using SKINNY.

The responses that I got were wonderful and made me realize I wasn’t the only one who thought this…so thank you!!

Now for the baked bean business.

Sweet and Sour Baked Beans

I just had to share this recipe with you because not only is it Memorial Weekend aka kickoff to Summer (FINALLY, thank goodness!) but because i’m obsessed with baked beans.

And Memorial weekend just so happens to be pretty much my favorite weekend of the year! Why?? Probably because it’s the official start to Summer, all the good  food that’s involved…and I always spend it out of town in Northern Wisconsin with family. What could be better than that??

On Memorial Day, after paying a visit to cemeteries visiting ancestors we have a big ole’ BBQ.

Sweet and Sour Baked Beans

Want to know what’s always on the table?? My relative Flo’s - Sweet and Sour Baked Beans.

After I tried this for the first time a few years back, I told her I had to have the recipe! She was the sweetest and mailed the recipe to my grandma, who then gave it to me.

There’s just something much more special about jazzing up baked beans.

Sweet and Sour Baked Beans

I’ve made Bush’s baked beans a million times just dumping them in a pan and heating them up. But that’s boring!

Time to try something a little different and WAYYYY better!

The credit for this recipe goes to Flo, here’s the recipe – Enjoy :)

Sweet and Sour Baked Beans

{10 Servings}

  • 8-10 Slices of Bacon
  • 2 Large Onions Sliced
  • 3/4 C. Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Dry Mustard
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 C. Cider Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Can Lima Beans Drained ( I used frozen)
  • 1 Can Butter Beans Drained
  • 1 can Kidney Beans Drained
  • 1 can Brown Beans (I use Bush’s)

1. First thing you have to do, is fry the bacon. Over medium heat, in a large skillet, fry bacon until crispy. Let dry on paper towel. Set aside. Don’t dump bacon fat….image

2.  Preheat oven to 350 F. Slice both onions, and add to bacon fat. Cook onions to caramelize on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. In the mean time, whisk together sauce – brown sugar, dry mustard, ground ginger, cider vinegar and salt and pepper. image

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3. Once the onions are done, add all the drained beans (don’t drain brown beans), sauce and crumble bacon. Mix together until well. Add more salt and pepper if necessary.imageimageimage

4. Dump mixed beans into a baking dish – I used 9x 13 glass pan.  Bake at 350 F for 1 hour or longer on lower heat. Serve immediately. Freezes well. imageimage

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   Let me know if you try these FAB-ulous Sweet and Sour Baked Beans!

 Thanks SO much for visiting today! Have a wonderful and safe Memorial weekend :D

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    These sound delicious Kelly! I just love baked beans. But I’ve had recipes where they are just too darn sweet. Love that you put some sour in there to balance out the flavor. This would be perfect for a summer BBQ. Hope you have a great 3 day weekend friend!

    • kellyjanke2

      Totally agree with the whole sweet beans thing, they have to have a perfect balance! Beans are a must at a BBQ that I host for sure!! Thanks so much, I did have a wonderful weekend indeed. Hope you did as well :)

  • http://scrummylane.com/ Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    These sound beyond delicious with all those beautiful spices in them … plus bacon, which of course always gives things a big flavour hit. Great recipe, Kelly!

    • kellyjanke2

      Thanks, Helen! The bacon that smokey flavor needed, and isn’t like the 1 or 2 questionable chunks that come in a can of bush’s beans. Isn’t it funny how there is always only 1 or 2 chunks, never more? Weird huh?

  • http://www.thelawstudentswife.com/ Erin@theLawStudentsWife

    I love how many flavors you worked into these beans. I have high standards for barbecue being from Kansas City, and these look amazing!

    • kellyjanke2

      The flavors do pair so well, happy you notice that Erin! Kansas City must be big into BBQ, never been there! I’ll have to pay a visit for some good quality BBQ someday ;)

  • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

    I finally made it here and so glad I did. These are quite possibly the greatest baked beans I have ever seen. Can’t wait to make these over the summer. Love the spices, the bacon, caramelized onions….WOW!

    • kellyjanke2

      Matt, these flavors go SO well together! They really are 10000000x better than I could photograph with my iphone! Perfect for a BBQ. Let me know if you try them ;) Hope you enjoyed Memorial weekend!

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    This looks absolutely delicious. Love the different kinds of beans. And the bacon, of course!

    • kellyjanke2

      Thank you, Bianca!! Yes, the variety of beans switches things up a bit, but also at the same time isn’t too different that they don’t taste like baked beans…if you know what I mean :) Hope you had a good Monday!

  • http://lifemadesweeter.com/ Kelly @ Life made Sweeter

    These baked beans look fantastic Kelly! I love all the spices and flavors you added in here…and oh the bacon – yes these sound pretty darn amazing lady :)

    • kellyjanke2

      The flavors are just as good together as they sound Kelly! Bacon makes everything better, especially in beans! Thanks so much!